Crown Hotel Vat

Crown Hotel, Burwash Road, Heathfield.

Blower B. N. Breeze.

Crown Hotel Vat 3

Photograph made available by Sussex On Line Parish Clerks.  

The Crown Hotel has recently been refurbished and is now known as The Beehive. It has been owned by Marston’s since October 2013 and is a “2 for 1” eating establishment .

In the late 1920s and early 1930s there was rumour of an “oil belt” at Heathfield, but no serious exploration work was done there between the wars.  It was left to British Petroleum to drill the last Heathfield hole in 1955.  Some gas was found, but not enough to make further wells in the area worthwhile.